North Korea yet to respond to South Korea’s offer of peace talks

Just hours before the scheduled joint military talks between North Korea and South Korea, Pyongyang is yet to confirm its attendance. Scheduled for Friday, near the demilitarized border that divides the two nations, the South Korean defense ministry has said they give their North Korean counterparts until Thursday afternoon local time to respond, CNN reports.

Spokesman for the South Korean Defense Ministry, Moon Sang-gyun said at a Thursday briefing.  “We are still waiting for North Korea’s official position, the administrative preparation for the talks from our side is in progress and going smoothly”.
South Korea’s invitation though not the first signifies President Moon Jae-in’s hope of bringing about peace on the Korean peninsula through dialogue and cooperation. Moon’s proposal for talks followed as North Korea announced its first successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
President Moon last week said he’d be willing to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “at any time, at any place”. A policy roadmap for Moon’s five-year term this week, saying it hopes to reach “complete denuclearization” by 2020.
The report said, “We will come up with a comprehensive denuclearization negotiation plan that will lead to a nuclear freeze and a complete dismantlement of nuclear programs. We will resume negotiations for comprehensive denuclearization”, according to the report, South Korea would willing to sign a peace treaty with the North, if those conditions are met.
North Korea is yet to officially respond to any of the points raised by South Korea, but a commentary published in the state-run newspaper said South Korea needs to end its “anti-North Korean confrontations and hostile practices” to improve relations between both sides of the Korean border.
“South Korean authorities can only be viewed as nonsensical and acting deceptively towards the public by mentioning ‘improving ties,’ while they are still showing hostility and making confrontational attempts against North Korea,” wrote the author.

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